INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MATT DUGGAN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MATT DUGGAN

In June 2019, Matt Duggan travelled from Bristol to be our Fire & Dust headline poet and treat us to the first ever live reading from Woodworm. We caught up with him after the event, to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DWANE READS

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DWANE READS

Based in Derby, Dwane Reads has been kicking around in different artistic guises since 1985. A member of the DIY Poets in Nottingham, and the 2017 winner of the Derby Poetry Festival competition, Dwane is educated in Fine Art, has trained as a teacher, and plans to keep writing and performing his work. He has published several books, including ‘The Annoying Megaphone Pigeon’ (2013) and ‘Slogans Soundbites & Poetry’ (2017). […]

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SABOTEUR AWARDS 2019

SABOTEUR AWARDS 2019

As you remember, we were chuffed when our monthly poetry event in Coventry, Fire & Dust, was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night (2018). This year, what we’d really love is for Here Comes Everyone to be put on the map by being shortlisted for – or, even better, winning! – Best Magazine. To do this, we need your help. It’s time to vote again […]

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REVIEW: JO BELL’S ‘KITH’

REVIEW: JO BELL’S ‘KITH’

Each of us speaks our chosen language most clearly, Bell suggests, when we are in the element that suits us best – it is this, perhaps, that is our true kith. A boat in dry dock is “A welded tongue; she’s fluent wet/and dumbstruck dry”; in Lancashire, brass bands play “music turned on lathes…borrowed songs, but spoken in our tongue”. Language transcends mere words. It […]

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REVIEW: JANE COMMANE’S ‘ASSEMBLY LINES’

REVIEW: JANE COMMANE’S ‘ASSEMBLY LINES’

Assembly Lines, Commane’s subtle, complex début collection, explores the impact of growing up in an era of decline, and the ambiguity of emotional attachment to its landscapes. To vistas that are “nondescript”, “forgettable” and like “Morris, Austins and Talbots, slightly crap, even when new”, she brings an appreciation more traditionally applied to the natural world, together with a determination to […]

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REVIEW: BEN ARMSTRONG’S ‘PERENNIAL’

REVIEW: BEN ARMSTRONG’S ‘PERENNIAL’

“The whale king extends a flipper, walk with him”. To get the most from Ben Armstrong’s début collection, Perennial: Notes from a Weatherproof Journal, set aside your hesitations about the weirdness of this command, and go with it. You will be rewarded with a trip through an internal landscape that is spare, surreal and in places impenetrably strange; but which also […]

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FIRE & DUST MEETS: HOLLY WATSON

FIRE & DUST MEETS: HOLLY WATSON

We don’t want to pigeonhole you, so – in your own words, can you tell our readers what you do and what you’re about. I write a blog called The Coventry Conch about growing up on the outskirts of the city in the 90s and early 00s. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS PETER RAYNARD

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS PETER RAYNARD

PRECARIOUS BY PETER RAYNARD Smokestack Books
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“Young Timmy knows how to enjoy himself, / he cleans double breasted windows, / or checks under the sink for some / scantily clad plumbing, before delivering / a whipped cream double entendre […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS NYANDA FODAY

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS NYANDA FODAY

In October 2016, Nyanda Foday became the 11th Birmingham Young Poet Laureate, a respected post that lasts two years. She has also worked with Beatfreaks, organising and performing at Beatfreak poetry events, and working to promote them. A regular at gigs across the city, Nyanda describes herself as inspired by the impact that words can have, and aiming to […]

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